Eating pasta has been warned and avoided by many of the famous diets around, such as the keto and paleo diets. Due to pasta's low levels of the glycemic index which is a method of discovering how fast food can affect the levels of blood sugar in the body. Sugar levels in foods with a high glycemic index level such as potatoes and bread are quickly absorbed and digested while foods with low glycemic index levels such as fresh vegetables are digested and absorbed much slowed by the body.
Laura Chiavaroli from the University of Toronto has said that even though pasta is, in fact, a carbohydrate, the glycemic index level is low. Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto conducted 30 trials to research any links between gaining weight and pasta, observing around 2500 participants that were placed on a low glycemic index diet which included pasta as well as other carbohydrates over 12 weeks. Researchers studied each participant's body fat and weight as well as BMI levels and concluded that pasta does not add to weight gain and higher levels of fat.
Trials & Research
Participants lost about half a kilo each over the course of 12 weeks which could be explained by the fact that low glycemic index diets would lessen hunger cravings and through that, less consumption of food throughout the day. Researchers have warned that this does not mean eating as much pasta as you like would prevent weight gain but in moderation and with certain other diets, pasta makes you feel more full and can also regulate and enhance blood sugar levels. With a moderate consumption of pasta and a proper, healthy low glycemic index diet, weight loss is achievable as with anything else in moderated and controlled levels. Researchers are also confident in the fact that pasta does not have a negative effect on the body or body weight when eaten as part of a reliable and healthy diet.